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There was a paywall for me, so I searched and found this:

The Big Tuna Sandwich Mystery


...The Lab Results

Finally, after more than a month of waiting, the lab results arrived.

"No amplifiable tuna DNA was present in the sample and so we obtained no amplification products from the DNA," the email read. "Therefore, we cannot identify the species."

The spokesman from the lab offered a bit of analysis. "There's two conclusions," he said. "One, it's so heavily processed that whatever we could pull out, we couldn't make an identification. Or we got some and there's just nothing there that's tuna." (Subway declined to comment on the lab results.)

To be fair, when Inside Edition sent samples from three Subway locations in Queens out for testing earlier this year, the lab found that the specimens were, indeed, tuna.

With all testing, there are major caveats to consider. Once tuna has been cooked, its protein becomes denatured " meaning that the fish's characteristic properties have likely been destroyed, making it difficult, if not impossible, to identify.

All of the people I spoke with also questioned why Subway would swap out its tuna.

"I don't think a sandwich place would intentionally mislabel," Mr. Rudie from Catalina Offshore Products said. "They're buying a can of tuna that says tuna.' If there's any fraud in this case, it happened at the cannery."

Peter Horn, the director of the Ending Illegal Fishing Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, agreed that it would be difficult to place blame on Subway if this were the case.

"In the defense of Subway, or quite a lot of these fishmongers, the further you get the fish from the bone, the harder it is to recognize what that fish is," he said.

"Most of us see the fish on the bone, skin intact, and we can recognize what sort of fish that is," he continued. "You drop the head and the tail off, it becomes more difficult, but you can still probably recognize it. You take the skin off it, you take it off the bone and you cut it into slices then you're only sort of saying, Right, what's the color and texture?'"...

@#5 ... EVs will likely have the tech to talk to the toll machines without scanning license plates. ...

I'd imagine that even gas cars will have that ability, e.g., it is already available via EZ-Pass here in the northeast (I'm sure other areas have something similar).

The problem with those types of technology is that it can be used for tracking...

Is EZ Pass Poised to Take a Toll on Your Privacy Rights?

...In 2013, a New Jersey resident built a simple device (using a breadboard from the Shad plant!) to detect every time his EZ Pass transponder was activated, and drove around New York City. In the stretch between Times Square and Madison Square Garden, a stretch of city streets with no tolls, his EZ Pass transponder was read 6 times! Upon investigation of NYC's use of EZ Pass readers for purposes other than toll collection, it was discovered that NYC feeds this data to its traffic management center to provide real-time traffic information, to improve traffic flow. NYC stated that transponder information is scrambled and not kept permanently in any system....

... NYC stated that transponder information is scrambled and not kept permanently in any system. ...

Of course it isn't...

@#12 ... Biden is more popular ...

It's been a while since I looked at President job approval, let's see...

Biden Approval Index History

18-Jun-21 - Approve: 51%, Disapprove: 48%

But that is Rasmussen, and everyone knows their polls lean strongly to the right (which is why fmr Pres trump favored them...).

Taking a larger view...

RCP Average

6/5 - 6/17 - Approve: 52.3, Disapprove: 43.7

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